SAS given permission to take down British jihadis
The elite special forces operatives are under orders to eliminate rather than capture British terrorists caught fighting alongside the bloodthirsty terror collective Islamic State (IS).
The ruling comes as it emerged two Brits died fighting for IS last week.
One source last night said: "The SAS is no longer in the business of trying to capture Brits fighting with Islamic State. The SAS are effectively on a "kill only" mission. We don't want to bring them back to the UK to stand trial and boast about the atrocities they committed and the videos they made. They can die in the dirt in Iraq. They sowed the whirlwind, now they can reap it."
The source added that the killing of British terrorists fighting in a foreign war by members of the armed forces potentially posed some legal problems.
But government has given the green light for SAS action after a spate of atrocities in which British extremists played a central role.
Last week it was revealed a jihadi with a London accent known as 'Jihadi John' orchestrated a horrific video showing the beheading of 16 Syrian soldiers and the severed head of American hostage Peter Kassig.
And the same militant was filmed murdering American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff as well as British aid workers David Haines and Alan Henning - prompting the government to change SAS policy.
Up until now the SAS have played a limited role in Iraq by coordinating airstrikes against IS forces using RAF combat jets and Reaper Drones.
The troops have also been advising the Iraqi forces and training Kurdish militia groups to conduct guerrilla warfare attacks against IS.
But although many IS fighters have been killed in airstrikes the terror organisation remains a powerful force and is still occupying vast areas of Iraq.
Now the SAS, working alongside the US special Forces, have been ordered to take the fight to IS by targeting the group's leaders and hunting down senior British members.
The SAS will be using so called "signals intelligence or sigint" to track down the British killers.
Meanwhile it was revealed two London-raised jihadis were killed in a siege on a Syrian border town after one pledged there was "no going back" on Newsnight.
Abu Abdullah al-Habashi, 20, an Eritrean from north London also known as Abu Abdullah al-Britani was well known for his frequent media appearances including BBC Newsnight.
And Abu Dharda also known as Abu Dhar Somali, also 20, and from west London tweeted a warning of "more bloodshed" prior to his death fighting alongside ISIS militants in the besieged city of Kobane.
Both men travelled to Syria from London in December 2013.
It is unknown if SAS troops were responsible for the deaths of the pair.
In a separate incident counter terror cops swarmed onto a flight at London's Heathrow airport to arrest a teenager from Coventry disembarking a flight from Jordan last Thursday.
The 19-year-old was arrested on suspicion of preparing for acts of terrorism.
Earlier this year three Coventry teens fled their homes in the Midlands town to link up with IS rebels in the Middle East
By Dominik Lemanski
Relayé par : V.M